by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson -- After the first two weeks of the season, there was one big question regarding the spring sports season in Hudson thus far.
What was wrong with the Explorers' boys lacrosse team?
If April 5 is any indication, the answer is nothing.
Hudson picked up its first win of the season after posting an 18-8 victory over North Allegheny (Pa.) April 5 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
With the win, Hudson improved to 1-2 on the season. The Tigers dropped to 2-2.
The Explorers, who scored a total of just seven goals in their first two games, outscored North Allegheny 14-5 in the second half.
Hudson scored 12 goals in the last 19 minutes after the Tigers cut the Explorers' advantage to one (6-5).
While the offense was the reason for the lopsided margin, longtime Hudson head coach Dave Blue believes his team's defense set the tone, particularly in the second half.
"Our defense got some stops and played aggressive," he said. "The defense pressed and created turnovers and that got our transition game going."
The Explorers had a 4-3 lead at halftime and appeared to be in control early in the third quarter after goals by Bo Lori and Gabe Vehar in a span of 35 seconds.
But North Allegheny charged right back into the game, thanks to tallies by Ricky Fedell and Nick Koebley in a span of 19 seconds.
Oddly enough, the Tigers never had a chance after that.
In less than two minutes, Hudson got goals from Michael Charlton, Mick Mougey and Grant Elffers to take a 9-5 lead. The Explorers never looked back.
"What we saw in the second half it what we thought we would see this season," Blue said. "We just hadn't been getting it.
"At halftime, I told the guys, 'Are we going to push the panic button and make changes or are we going to give them one more chance and do what they're taught and fix our mistakes?' They decided to do what they were taught."
Bo Lori led Hudson with five goals and one assist and Mougey had three goals and two assists.
Sam Gregory added three goals and Zach Nye finished with one goal and three assists for the Explorers.
"We started getting the ball to our wings and let them attack," Blue said. "The midfielders started running and attacking."
Also contributing for Hudson were Charlton, who also had one assist, Gabe Vehar (one goal and one assist), Matt Rightnour (one goal), Brent Zubal (one goal), Kyle Ator (one goal), Cameron Haggerty (one assist) and Nathan Menendez (one assist).
Alec McGovern led North Allegheny with three goals and Kyle Rullan and Koebley each had two goals for the Tigers.
The Explorers forced a number of turnovers and got 10 saves from goalkeeper Jake Krone.
Hudson won 14 of 30 face-offs.
Jacob Jesionek earned the game ball after scooping up five ground balls for the Explorers.
Hudson outshot North Allegheny 47-23 and had a 44-31 advantage in ground balls.
The Explorers also forced 31 turnovers.
The Hudson junior varsity team improved to 2-0 with a 7-6 win over the Tigers. Blue singled out Elliott Wasbotten, Sean Weigle and Matt Bisbee for "making big plays."
The Explorers were scheduled to entertain Walsh Jesuit April 8. Results were not available at press time.
They are set to entertain Massillon Jackson April 11 at 7 p.m.